NBA exhibition notebook: Misleading merchandise

BY JOHN ROHDE AND DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writers, jrohde@opubco.com; dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: October 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm •  Published: October 23, 2011
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Asked if he was afraid he was going to foul out, Durant smiled and drew laughter by saying, “No, it's my game. I can't foul out.”

Chris Paul: “He couldn't foul out, but he couldn't shoot without getting fouled.”

Durant: “Nah, it's all good.”

IN ATTENDANCE

Former Oklahoma State great and 10-year NBA veteran Desmond Mason helped organize the event and served as coach of the Blue Team. Comedian DeRay Davis coached the White Team.

Thunder guards Eric Maynor and Daequan Cook watched from the front row. Also in attendance was WNBA star Tina Thompson.

QUOTABLE

“You don't understand how much I miss this place. To see the fans and how much support we have out here, it's unbelievable. I have flashbacks and memories, but hopefully we can get this lockout over and this deal done so we can get back on the court.” – Thunder guard James Harden

 

EXTRA POINTS

When the Thunder's Russell Westbrook air-balled a wide open 3-pointer from the right corner, public address announcer Miles Rawls quipped, “Twenty-five push-ups, Russ,” as Westbrook ran down court. … At halftime, Durant presented a $100,000 donation to the Single Parent Support Network, a charity for which his mother, Wanda Pratt, serves as chairman. … Players were introduced by their colleges, not their NBA teams. … Several players didn't play at full-speed, which made Westbrook even faster. … Paul had an array of remarkable assists, including a one-handed, alley-oop bounce pass from 30 feet away to a streaking Harden.


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